Petrus Aged Pale | De Brabandere

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Petrus Aged PalePetrus Aged Pale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Petrus Aged Pale is a 100% beer from our foeders. Michael Jackson, the beer hunter, chose the name in the late 1990s – and he was the first to sell this beer in his beer clubs. Today, it is still the reference for sour beers in the US. Petrus Aged Pale has won multiple gold medals in beer competitions worldwide. Moreover, ever since the start of the brewery, the beer has been used as a blending-beer with other beers to give them fresh, slightly sour flavors and aromas.

Aged in Oak foeders for over 24 months

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-27-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
2,403
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
24.69%
 
 
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Photo of Jredner
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very sour with hints of wood, sour cherries and faint floral notes. Slightly cloudy yellow/gold color with a fast fading pale white head. Fore is woody and sour..slighty thin. Hints of rosehips, herbs and other floral flavors. There are also crisp sour apple notes with a bit of acidic citrus tang in the finish. Pretty nice and lighter and crisper than most I have had of this style.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer had a nice funky, sour and vinagar aroma. Not catching much of the oak aroma.
The color is amber leaning towards brown with a small white head.
Taste is nice and complex with it tasting funky and sour and vinagary. Taste is also tart and fruity but light.
Drinks smooth but a bit thin not watery for there is an abundance of flavor. Sitting in oak barrels for twenty months leaves the beer with a puckering dry tannin feel that bitter on the way down.
A good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - pale golden color, good amount of head, bubbles very akin to champagne

S - sour apple blow pop, and maybe some yeast

T - tart, sour apple

M - crisp, light bodied, great carbonation

D - one of those Belgian beers were you can really only have one at a time because of the unique taste, maybe could have a second if it was paired with some food

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Photo of cbl2
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/23/2006 $4.00 at Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits, Paducah KY. 11.2 oz 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy orange peach color with a very thin coarse white head on top.

Aroma:

Sour tart apples and macerated cherries with hints of honeyed raisins and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Puckeringly tart beyond anything I've experienced. Tarter than a flanders red, and bone dry to boot. All moisture is instantly sucked back into whatever pore it emerged from when this hits your palate. After the taste buds get a chance to recuperate and realize they are not being attacked, notes of pear and cherry appear with mild notes of rotten wood. I wouldn't classify this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, or pay $4 again for a small bottle, but worth experiencing once.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a few bubbles that dissipate quickly. Smells tart, and I pick up the oak barrel. Not unlike some wines. Taste is dominated by tart acidity. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste of acidity and fruit flavors.

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Photo of NODAK
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is certainly plenty tart with vinegar and perhaps grapes playing a role here.

Taste is an interesting one. It comes across as plenty sour with a good vinegar taste to it, but there's a tropical fruit aspect to it that others have said they liken to pineapple. Seems about right. Towards the finish I think I even detect a tart grape note. It's tasty and a departure from the red sours.

Sour enough to make it tasty but not overbearing. Different from many sours I've had since most have been red. My favorite?? Probably not. A good option??? Certainly.

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Photo of crossovert
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Pours with a massive white head that sticks for s decent while then recedes leaving some really nice lacing. The body is a brilliant clear gold, almost pilsener like, but without the carbonation bubbles.

There is quite a bit of vinegar in the scent. There is also some mellow vanilla and oak scents that are nice. There is also a perfume-like fruitiness bringing to mind peach or apricot.

This one was more sour than expected. It has vinegar notes but also a boatload of fruitiness. The oak isn't as pronounced in the flavor but it provides a smooth balance. It is pretty acidic but not too over the top.

This brewery and brand have been known to produce some clunkers, not this fine brew.

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Photo of ajwillys
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear. Light-medium amber. Very little lacing, nearly no head.
S - Sour apple juice. Shockingly low smell.
T - Very tart, vinegar. Slightly sweet notes.
M - Moderate amount of dryness. Ready to go with minimal foreplay.
D - Quite drinkable.

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Photo of jettjon
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying Petrus’ Oud Bruin brown-that’s-really-a-Flemish-sour ale, I figured, hey, Aged Pale, I could use some hops. Lo and behold, Petrus’ idea of a Pale really means Belgian Strong Pale, and by that, they mean another foray into wild yeast, a la Flemish sour ale. Anyhoo.

From a 11.2 oz bottle from a 6-bottle multipack, no freshness date. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it’s a slightly hazed, orange-gold color with lots of carbonation. Thick eggshell head fades slowly leaving lots of craggy lace and outstanding retention. Fine looking beer! On the nose, definite firm sour wild yeast presence. Digging deep, I can sense hints of “oak cask,” but the sour smell is so overpowering that it carries across the room, where others actually comment on the sourness. No hops, no real malt presence, just sour. On the mouth, it’s incredibly sour, like sour candy, again no trace of hops. Tangy, warm alcohol presence. Puckeringly dry finish. Mouth is full and bubbly as one might expect from the towering head and carbonation streams. Consistency is wet and thinnish, rather reminiscent of lemonade. Drinkability is good for a sour ale; it’s astringent, aromatic, and dry, and like other Petrus offerings, overpriced. I don’t see me drinking more than one of these.

Overall: Beer Advocate lists this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but I (and other beer sites) beg to differ. To me, it’s more of a Flanders Pale Ale, in that it tastes a heckuvalot like a Flanders red or brown, only it’s pale, get it? But, potato, potahto, still and all it’s a tasty brew if you can handle the tartness. However, whatever characters this beer possesses cannot possibly justify the price. This is one and done for me; I’m glad I purchased it as part of a sampler.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bears a sweet, sparkling nose, with strong hints of apple, pear, and white grape, and comes across not unlike a sugary apple cider. A faint aroma of toasted grains lies just beneath, mixed in with just a hint of oak.

On the tongue, the beer takes an immediate and surprising turn and comes across so sour that my eyes closed in reflex--much like expecting apple cider but getting apple cider vinegar instead. Strong vinegary notes dominate here, bursting with the apple and white grape notes from the nose, but it's as if those flavors were concentrated several times over. This sour proliferation is moderately balanced by a sugary backbone, with nice hints of light fruit esters and toasted grains, as well as oaky notes from the cask aging, but really it's the sourness that dominates the mouthful from one end to the other, and actually grows in strength the longer it's held on the tongue.

Unless you've had sour ales and have gotten used to their taste, I don't recommend this one; it would prove unpalatable to the novice. Enthusiasts, however, will no doubt find this a stellar example of the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)
A-pale golden body with decent clarity and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. No head except for the thin ring of off-white bubble around the rim.

S- sour fruitiness with some earthiness and a faint hint of horsiness.

T- relatively soft tartness with some fruitiness possibly lemons. Just a hint of hop spiciness. It finishes with a dry tartness.

M- medium light body with no fizziness and a slight astringency

D- Very interesting pale ale. It has some sour notes and hints of lemon but its not a bad lemon, very crisp and clean.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria the other day. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden-apricot color with a short white head and some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of green apple and hay, along with a good amount of funk. Light funk, but good in terms of how forward the beer was with it. The flavor brought some acidity and apple skin. Golden color was the first hint that this isn't really an Oud Bruin, and the flavor is another. Bright acidity and some light stone fruits. This was a really interesting beer and I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: very light yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of egg shell white head that drops to a thin cap.

Smell: Lemons with a hint of yellow apples, oak, and cereal note, and grainy.

Taste: Mild sour lemon, some hay, corn husk, and oak. Finishes with mild lemon tartness that does not linger for very long. Its got a soap & gummy bear aftertaste that adds a weird sweet note that is hard to descern. I dont care much for aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. really drinkable and well carbonated. Crisp, clean, little bit dry. at over 7% ABV it hidden well.

Overall: Nice beer just wasnt a fan of the aftertaste. Everything else with this beer was pretty solid.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Funky and sour, not my type of Belgian beer, but I can see that this is a very complex style….if someone who isn't a beer drinker likes and likes dry white wines, they might go for this as a crossover from wine to beer.

Definitely can taste the barrel aging, some brett and lactobacillus type funk going on.

Again, not my taste, but I wanted to try this style...

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Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light golden color, like apple juice, with a one-finger fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell is interesting. A mix of light sweet fruit and white wine vinegar, with a bit of oak, and some sour and funk in the background. The fruit reminds me again of apple juice (apparently I have it on the mind, but this beer looks and smells like it). These smells actually combine quite well, yielding an odd but intriguing combination.

Starts out mildly lemony sour, then the fruitiness kicks in (though here it's more like peaches), then a slightly different, more vinegary funky sour kicks in for the finish. These transitions happen smoothly, but they provide a rich palette of flavors.

Light-bodied and well-carbonated, which I think fits well with the rest of the beer. Could do with a bit less carbonation. It slides off the tongue rather quickly, leaving the flavors there but not the texture.

A nice, refreshing, mildly sour beer. Everything about it is good; no real downsides in my opinion. But nothing really amazing about it either. A tasty, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich copper hue with two fingers of frothy white head and plenty of apparent effervescence. The label says pale, the style says oud bruin, and I think this is somewhere in between. Good stuff.

Smell: sweet and tart malty aroma. There's a bit of a berry-like aroma to it as well; just a hint, but it is quite interesting.

Taste: sweet malt and a big tart flavor. I like the sourness but it lacks complexity thereafter. There's a little woody character which is nice, but I feel like this is lacking something.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I do like this beer, but I think it could be better. For me, the flavor doesn't quite live up to my expectation.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden ale. Fairly clear. Nice thin white head. Some cling.

S - Nice skank. Funky, not much malt there.

T - Rich tart goodness. Malt complements but lets the tart sour aspects ride.

M - Light to medium body, good carb, great balance.

D - Extremely drinkable!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This has a nice tart nose to it as I pour, reminds me a bit of lemons and / or grapefruit even, though more of the acidic character of these fruits than the citrus notes. The beer is a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale, frothy, though somewhat thin off-white colored head. The aroma is dominated by the acidity, though upon this closer inspection the acidity is a mix between acetic and lactic acid components. There seems to be a bit of tannic woody type aromatic notes here, as well as some subtle fruity notes that remind me of green apples and tart plums. The aroma is really quite nice; I really enjoy the nose on tart beers.

The beer is quite dry and of course is nicely tart as well. The tartness reminds me of sour apples with perhaps a hint of lime or maybe even lemon added, and a splash of apple cider vinegar as well. The sourness is not nearly as strong as in a traditional Lambic, but it is nicely assertive. Going back to the sour apple note, this has a fruitiness to it that reminds me of them as well as a note that makes me think of raisins that have had all sugar removed (I don't even really know what that means, but I swear I taste it here). The actual funk level here is fairly restrained; there is perhaps a hint of funky mushroom in the finish.

This is quite a nice beer to drink, but in the end it is not nearly as complex as I would like it to be. Without the malt character of a sour brown or red, it really needs some more funkiness to it to strike a balance with the dominant acidity.

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Photo of fear025
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:This one smells like a sour beer, with hints of wine.

Appearance:Pale with lots of bubbles. Lots of thick white head with OK retention.

Taste:There is a sharp tart apple sourness on the foretaste. The tartness fades quickly into a clean slightly sweet taste on the back end.

Mouthfeel:The acidic wild yeast astringency builds as the tartness fades. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a quite refreshing sour beer. It's not the most sour beer in the world, but it's got some great flavors.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very pale and clear.
Muted aromas, but the taste as wonderfully balanced, sour and restrained. Lemons to the fore, and oak.
Mouthfeel somewhat light, but really nice drinking al in all.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is no oud bruin, look at it, its yellow for God's sake! The beer is a beautiful pale yellow and looks like a gueuze. It smells quite enticingly sour, a little brett funkiness and a little cereal? The flavor is nice and sour but not abrasive. tart and lemony this is a good sour and I can't believe I've passed it up so many times in the past. the price wasn't too bad for a sour at $5 for a 330ml.

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Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 06. BB 19/04/08, served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark golden hue with great clarity, coming with a slowly-growing white foamy head that settles to a thin cap; very gentle carbonation.
S: a very intense, sour note of oak barrels and white wine vinegar prevails upfront, underlining a mild flow of dryish lemon peels, savoury-tart star fruits and prunes, semi-funky farmhouse yeasts and a pretty soft and subtly sweet malty bed... sort of reminiscent of Flemish Red Ale and even Lambiek but rid of the wild yeasty edge... if not knowing this is an oak-aged Begian beer the vinegary nose might be slightly intrusive to the nostrils and taking one by big surprise!!
T: bitter-zesty and sharply sour lemon juice and dry cider dominates the palate, but dissipates rather too fast and gives way to a neutral palate of residual doughy malts, bits of salt, dryish-sweet cinnamon+woodchips, and zesty-tang undertone like oxidised lemon rind... feeling pretty rusty b/w the teeth as well, plus short finish.
M&D: the whole structure falls a bit thin for the overall short palate, but the mouthfeel retains a refreshing state, albeit slightly sharp at first--definitely having room for improvement as this old beer is still pretty young in the bottle~~ The well hidden alc. plus a dryish finish ensure pretty good "quaffability", though. All in all, an interesting beer in need of time to bring more depth and complexity--is it possible for a filtered bottled beer like this?

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Photo of northaustin
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger or so of quickly disappearing white head. no lacing.

very dry and tart, seems like a belgian gold was once there but has now been overthrown by a heavy sour oaky taste. a slight hint of alchohol heat which i am enjoying.

mouthfeel: expect dry cheeks constantly being washed by a salivating throat. exactly what i was looking for. although it is somewhat sour it is still refereshing, crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden yellow; decent head and lacing

Smell: Bit of light funk with some citrus sour, sour fruits, and oak.

Taste: Light funk, citrus sour, apple cider vinegar, sour apple, butter oaky chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Dry but some body and mild carbonation

Drinkability: Good

Good beer. Not one to seek out actively, but never one to turn down. Everything seems good but one notch too low.

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Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange brown with a foamy 1 finger off white head that faded quickly, leaving good lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of yeast, sweet malt, sour apple, coriander, light orange peel, spices like pepper, red wine like merlot, and the classic skunky metallic finish from the yeast. Nose was both sweet and sour at the same time with whiffs of citrus throughout.

Tastes of sweet grains, caramel, red wine, hay, orange peel, heavy yeast, sweet liquor, sugar and a sour finish that resembles a rotten pear which leaves a pucker in a good way. Very complex and fruity with faint spices which kick in just before the sourness takes over. This brew resembles a wine or cider more than it does a beer, and this is a style that I am not familiar with at all.

Light and creamy, it has very little to no carbonation and a medium body that goes down silky smooth.

This beer was very tasty and complex, but way too tart/sour to drink all night. Interesting, but low drinkability and certainly not a pale ale. Great beer for a cider fan, but this is not a typical beer yet still worth trying because of the nice fruit taste combination.

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Petrus Aged Pale from De Brabandere
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